Turkey Day Tipples

Well, it’s Thanksgiving again; and nothing welcomes the friends, relatives & random crashers to your Thanksgiving feast like a well planned cocktail menu (sometimes the random crashers ARE relatives/ you know who you are…) That being said, I recommend having an array of cocktails not only for different times of the day (pre/post-meal, etc..) but I also recommend having a little something for everyone (i.e., Dad likes Jameson & Coke Zero, Aunt Rita loves her Cosmos they make her feel like she’s in Sex & the City…the kid-sister only drinks Chai -’cause it’s “so hot right now”, Uncle Dave loves an Old Fashioned and Mom, to-this-day still can’t finish an Amaretto Sour…)
In order to keep the peace, I keep the “old-standbys” around; however I do print a seasonal cocktail menu that encourages a bit of exploration as well as provides a little something special for each part of the day.

Early Day Cocktails:

(Cran)Apple Cider Mimosa


  • 2oz Farm Fresh Apple Cider
  • 3-4oz Cava/Sparkling Wine
    *Note: Add 1oz Cranberry Juice to make the (Cran)Apple Cider Mimosa
I mean, who doesn’t want to wake up to Cava?? It’s almost better than coffee (don’t tell Nikki I said that last bit!) 

The Farm Cosmo


  • 1.5oz Vodka
  • .75oz Cointreau
  • .75oz Fresh Lime
  • .75oz Cranberry Juice
  • .5oz Simple Syrup
  • Garnish: Orange Rind or Fresh Cranberries
Most probably don’t see the Cosmo as a holiday cocktail; however this cocktail is a holiday staple here on the farm. Garnish Option you ask?? Bottomless Cranberries (Mrs loves to throw handfuls in hers!!)



  • .5oz Brandy
  • 1oz Applejack
  • .5oz Ginger Liqueur
  • .25oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1 Barspoon Noble Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup
  • 2 Dashes Chicory – Pecan El Guapo Bitters
  • Garnish: Apple Slice & Candied Ginger
Apple, Ginger, Cinnamon and Maple?? Yes Please! Your guests are gonna love this instant classic!

Chai Mule


  • 1.5oz Homemade Chai Vodka
  • .75oz Fresh Lime
  • .25oz Velvet Falernum
  • 4oz Ginger Beer
A touch of fall spice adds a new layer of fun to your typical Mule. This one goes out to your Chai-loving kid-sister; there’s one in every family!  

Aperitif Cocktails:

Pumpkin Chai-Tai


  • 1.5oz Homemade Pumpkin Chai Rum
  • .75oz Applejack
  • .75oz Fresh Lemon
  • .25oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 Barspoon All Spice Dram
  • Garnish Option: Light dusting Pumpkin Spice 
It’s “pumpkin & spice, in everything nice”! Fall cocktails will never be the same and neither will your Thanksgiving! This cocktail is to fall tiki as pumpkin-pie is to fall desserts!

(Pum)King of the Patch


  • 2oz Pumking Ale
  • 1oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Applejack
  • .25oz Maple Syrup
  • .25oz Cinnamon Syrup
  • .5oz Fresh Lemon
  • 1 Whole Egg
  • Garnish: Bitters & Fresh Grated Nutmeg
Get outside your comfort zone and try this delicious fall beer flip. It’s unbelievably light and not too sweet; a well-balanced, old world libation. 

After Dinner “Digestif” Cocktails:

Winter Solstice

  • 1oz Cynar70 (or 2oz Cynar)
  • 1oz Rye
  • .75oz Carpano Antica Formula
  • Garnish: Skewered Brandied or Luxardo Cherry(s)
For when you just CAN’T!  This is a variation of mine on the 1794 Cocktail; which is a variation on the Boulevardier. This cocktail replaces Campari with Cynar70; changing from the aperitif cocktails before it to a digestif cocktail (and a quite delicious one at that!)

Black Manhattan


  • 2oz Bourbon
  • 1oz Averna Amaro
  • 1 Dash House Orange Bitters
To help you make it through that afternoon/evening “I’m dying…” feeling. A modern classic; so delicious and a great winter variation on the classic Manhattan.
Often I find myself eating my way through the Thanksgiving holiday. As oftentimes the chefs of the house have a treasure-trove of delicious menu offerings exiting the kitchen in what seems to be 30-minute increments. “How does one choose??” In the same fashion, I feel that the corresponding holiday cocktail menu should be just as elaborate & diverse. As always, encourage yourself as well as your guests to keep an open mind and try something new. They may just love it! 
Cheers Friends & Happy Thanksgiving!!

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